We recently moved Otto into Otis' old room. Otis had this wooden display unit on his wall for his minerals and fossils. I've been thinking about ways to display Schleich animals and thought we would try using this display unit for some of Otto's animals. It works, Otto loves playing with them and always tries to return them to the little cubby holes. Otto loves to point and name the... Read more →

It's been raining here for days. Although I am a huge advocate for getting outdoors no matter the weather, we've definitely been spending more time indoors. But what to do with a toddler indoors? No need to google indoor play activities, just look around you. Practical life is all around us, often in the weirdest of places. Best of all once you have engaged the child, it's likely they will... Read more →

Montessori looks different in every home, so today I want to share a collection of posts from other families with children at the same age as Otto. Here are a few experiences and activities other families have enjoyed with their children at 16 months: On our shelves at 16 months at Our Montessori Journey Montessori Inspired Work at 16 Months at This Merry Montessori. Our Montessori Routine at 16 Months... Read more →

Caspar and Otis' school is also a boarding school so it doesn't technically close for a snow day. But our driveway was full of snow and rather than walk to school we decided to stay home. It was only the third or fourth time we've actually seen snow falling and we soaked up every minute. Otto was amazed and delighted!! Last time it snowed he was only a few months... Read more →

I recently received an email from an Australian parent unable to find the crinkle cutter locally. No matter where you live, these are not easy to find. Look in little independent kitchen stores. It can help if you are able to choose one in person rather than online. Although you may find one type popular online, in person I've seen families use a whole range of different crinkle cutters, there... Read more →

Today I'm sharing a few of the art activities that we've recently used with Otto (16 months). We have three of these activities/trays out at one time. We have paint (with brushes, textured wands, sponges) and often dot markers to use on the art easel which we keep outside. We also have a large blackboard outside that is fantastic for gross motor skills. All of these activities require close supervision.... Read more →

When children are using nesting materials they aren't simply playing or building they are experimenting, they are problem-solving, they are developing critical thinking skills!! Nesting materials are so incredibly easy to find and they provide exceptional learning opportunities. We love to use nesting materials as they can help support and develop: dexterity and fine motor skills counting skills gross motor skills - especially in larger materials like the large wooden... Read more →

I recently read some notes from a speech that Susan Mayclin Stephenson gave titled "Montessori, Education for the Future". She spoke about ten skills that are and will be, vital. These ten skills are all fostered and supported in a Montessori environment. These ten skills are so essential, it's really worth sharing them with you today. These skills are all evident from the first few days of life and can... Read more →

I love the Montessori approach to wall art. Nothing too busy, distracting or overwhelming. Just simple and beautiful. In children's spaces, I like to use images from nature. It's a part of the Montessori approach to expose the child to reality-based imagery but what is most important to me is that the images are inspiring, uplifting, captivating. I want for my children to see the possibilities of the world, to... Read more →

a. / b. / c. / d. / e. / f. / g. / h. / i. / j. / k. / l. / m. / n. / o. / p. / q. / r. / s. Otto loves containers and jars with screw top lids, he will use them repeatedly. We have lots of containers in his open and close tray but I have been thinking about nut/bolt and... Read more →

Otto is sixteen months old, so he is quite a young toddler. He is steady on his feet but there are still many things he is doing for the first time like learning to mop the floor or put on his own shoes. He is fiercely indepenent and wants to do everything himself, but of course he doesn't always have the skill, height or strength to do everything and often... Read more →

Autonomy is the quality or state of being self-governing. It is the freedom to determine one's own actions and behaviour. Autonomous children have the ability to self regulate and become self directed. It is the freedom of self-construction. It is the freedom of choice and the ability to act on those choices. It's not only about being independent, for example the child has the ability to pour their own drink,... Read more →

I recently ordered Otto some cube puzzles and when they arrived I realised they were way too advanced for him. I couldn't find any that were simpler so I decided to DIY some! These puzzles are really quick and easy to make. They can be customised to the child's favourite shapes, colours and to their skill level. I used 12 untreated wooden blocks, they are 5cm cubed. I looked at... Read more →

There are a lot of really good board books for Montessori toddlers. But right now, with Otto at 16 months, there are two series that really stand out for me! If you have a toddler there is a good chance you have one of these books in your home. If you are a new parent or looking for a gift for a toddler, you can't go wrong with these. At... Read more →